Saturday, April 13, 2024

Lee Boroson

Lee Boroson lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Recent exhibitions include Prismatic Shifts at Fordham University, NY, Lunar Bower at the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, and States of Matter at the Esther Massey Gallery, The College of St. Rose, Albany, NY. Solo exhibitions include: Plastic Fantastic at Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA, Outer Limit at The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, NY. Boroson has received numerous awards, including grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and professional development grants from the Rhode Island School of Design. He received an MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from the State University of New York, New Paltz, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Lee Boroson’s work presents a nuanced take on the idea of nature. For the artist, “landscape” is positioned between man-made cultural constructs and wilderness. To achieve this, Boroson creates large-scale immersive installations, which emulate “natural” experiences for his viewers, based on the most ineffable elemental forces in nature — from air, fog, and smoke, to fire and the cosmos. Boroson’s installations are both embodied and ephemeral; they transform material and experience, all within the space of the gallery, calling for viewers to contemplate the very nature of nature.

Breach, 2017, velvet ribbon, thread
Uplift, 2011-2014, 12x50x55 feet, Nylon, blowers, wood, hardware. Referencing images of smoke pouring out of burning oil wells and volcanic eruptions, Uplift creates a Gothic interior setting that is simultaneously crypt-like and refers to underworld cave spaces. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: David Dashiell
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